IELTS Writing Task 2: Malls and Leisure Time
Shopping is now one of the most popular forms of leisure activities in many countries for young adults.
Why is this?
Do you think this is a positive or a negative development?
Shopping has become more common as a result of the introduction of large shopping malls. I strongly believe this has brought considerable economic benefits to society at large.
Since the advent of the mall, companies have relentlessly sought new ways to attract consumers, resulting in today’s megamalls. In the past, shoppers would make dedicated trips to specific stores for products. In the 1980s in the United States, the novel combination of shopping plazas and department stores with entertainment venues like state-of-the-art cinemas and appetizing foods courts made them the centre of social activity for a generation. It is therefore no wonder that youths and adults alike the world over opt to spend their time and money shopping at malls that cater to all their needs.
While some might argue that shopping is largely a waste of time, I feel that its economic advantages outweigh other concerns. Masses of wealthy middle-class consumers contribute greatly to economic prosperity and that brings various benefits to all socioeconomic classes. A counter-point illustrating this would be in Japan in the last two decades where a long recession has decimated the middle-class, leading to decreased shopping, closures of malls and a stagnant economy. The government has desperately lowered interest rates in order to stimulate the type of spending that malls encourage. Malls, as one crucial part of a consumer society, serve to encourage spending and national prosperity.
In conclusion, an increasing number of people frequent malls for their convenience and this boosts the economy. If governments were to invest more money in tax cuts this would further encourage spending at malls and help developing nations and developed ones whose growth has plateaued.
- the outcome is
- since they started
- good for the economy
- all of society, all citizens
- beginning of
- looking hard for
- bring in shoppers
- the result/effect is
- really big malls/shopping centres
- going there just for
- new mix
- publick places
- cinemas, arcades, etc.
- new movie theatres
- enticing restaurants in a mall
- for all people born around the same time
- little surprise
- everywhere in the world
- cater to all their needs can do whatever they want there
- mostly not a good use of time
- benefits to the economy more important than
- large groups of people
- people with some money, not too rich or poor
- good for the economy
- rich and poor people
- an example of the opposite case is
- lengthy economic downturn
- hurt a lot
- malls closing down
- economy not growing
- hurriedly cut the rate for borrowing money
- key element
- people shopping
- stimulate buying
- a country making money, doing well
- go to a lot (verb)
- reducing the money you have to pay in taxes
- stable, not increasing or decreasing